Abridgment des Touts les Cases Reportez Alarge per Monsieur Plowden...
by Plowden, Edmund; Ashe, Thomas
1597. The First Abridgment of Plowden with Contemporary Annotations Plowden, Edmund [1518-1585]. A[she], T[homas [fl. 1599-1618], Digester. Abridgment des Touts les Cases Reportez Alarge per Monsieur Plowden, Ouesq[ue] les Exceptions al Pleadings & Leur Responses, Les Resolutions des Matters in ley, & Touts Auters Principal Matters Surdants sur les Arguments de Mesmes, Composee & Digest p[er] T.A London: In Aedibus Ianae Yetsweirt, [1597?]. , 91,  ff. Table. Lacking Signature D (ff. 17-24). Like most copies, this not issued with a preface (as per ESTC). Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary limp vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title to spine, front joint reinforced, ties lacking. Light rubbing to extremities, light soiling, somewhat heavier soiling to spine, front joint starting near head, front pastedown loose, a few cracks to text block. Moderate toning to text, faint ink smudges to a few leaves, light soiling to title page, some edgewear to preliminaries and final few leaves. Annotations in early hand filling front pastedown and verso of title page, other annotations in same hand to margins of several leaves. * First edition. Ashe's was the first abridgment of Plowden. Well received, it had a second edition in 1607 and was reissued in an English translation in 1650. First published in 1571 and covering the period of 1550-1580, Plowden's Reports marks the transition away from the cumulative method of the Year Books to one based on exposition and commentary. In most respects it is a precursor of the modern reporter. The annotations in our copy indicate patient study. The notes on the preliminary leaves are case references linked to the text. The notes to the margins are glosses and summaries of key points. Some sources, most notably the Pollard and Redgrave Short-Title Catalogue, give a publicaton date of 1598. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Minnesota). Pollard and Redgrave, Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland & Ireland 20037. Beale, Bibliography of Early English Law Books R491. English Short-Title Catalogue R114904. (Inventory #: 65352)
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